I have more progress on the belt to show off today. I created the rest of the buckle using craft foam and wonderflex. I am still not sure if I will include LEDs or not, but the holes are in place for the wires and there is a hollow space in the back for the battery pack and switch. I want to make sure the LED/battery circuit combination I have in mind will last long enough. My sword prop can use a 9v battery, but I cannot fit that large of a battery into smaller locations on the costume itself.
This part will be painted yellow/gold and the lion head glued in place once all the painting is complete.